Advanced rifle immediate threat drill

| August 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

This is post addresses a drill from QSI Training’s Advanced Rifle class, which I wrote about here. I won’t be discussing anything about the course unless it applies to this drill.

The drill:

  • The student begins with their rifle (or in my case, AR15 pistol) in the flat stock position. This means the rifle is held with both hands, with the barrel pointed towards the ground and the stock flat against the shoulder.
  • The firearm is deliberately loaded with only one round, so that the student must transition to their pistol and put four rounds on target.
  • After dealing with the immediate threat, the student must reload their rifle and engage four targets at 40′ away, with two rounds on target each.

How I did

I’m most proud of transitioning to pistol in this drill. I’ve done rifle-to-pistol transitions in QSI classes as well as two Suarez International courses, and it’s the kind of thing that seems weird until you do it a bunch. Watching other students do this drill reaffirmed my decision to carry appendix. In my case, my hand continued on its natural arch from letting go of the AR pistol and drawing my Glock 19.

At this range I feel like my “combat accuracy” with my pistol is acceptable, and now my speed is increasing. Slowly.

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As I mentioned in my longer write-up about the Advanced Rifle class, my performance with my .300 Blackout pistol was streaky. In the first drill (shooting from right to left) was clean, with no misses. I also did not try to game the system by waiting to hear the steel. If you notice, I had to ask my instructor Erik Pakieser if I hit the third target or not. My reloads were also okay.

However, my run going from left to right wasn’t as good. I did several things I need to work on in the future:

  • Three misses
  • Gaming the system by firing three rounds at one target instead of two as I’d been instructed
  • I fumbled too long making the second reload. Even though the “threats” were over that’s no excuse for a sloppy reload.

Additionally, and I think this will just come with more trigger time, I need to work on my target acquisition and eventually my timings between shots.

As always, I post these videos not to brag about anything I’m doing well, but to highlight what I need to improve upon. It’s also a reminder to everyone that no matter who you are, you can benefit for more practice.

How much training do you have on the books for the month of August?

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

3 Comments on "Advanced rifle immediate threat drill"

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  1. Nicholas says:

    Terrible sorry about polluting the site . . .

    On your article at , under “Reason #2”, you state:

    “In order to not be a stock, one of the attributes of a buffer tube attachment is that it can not extend beyond the buffer tube. ”

    Do you have a reference backing that statement? ATF rule? GCA reference?

    Because was that to be true, then installing the KAK buffer tubes and extensions would make an AR-15 pistol illegal – as the SB-15 would protrude out the end of the buffer tube.

    Again, terrible sorry about polluting THIS post with a comment about ANOTHER post – regrettably, comments seem to be closed for that post, and the “About” section doesn’t provide a feedback form nor a contact email.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Hey there! Thanks for the questions. I am training today but will respond when I can. Don’t worry about posting this here, discussion is good.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      So, the ATF letters about what is a stock vs a “cheek device” is the basis of my statement. Please see this as an example :

      There are other examples, but this is the one I remembered because I have a test project going on with the CAA stock saddle that was the basis of the inquiry.

      The analysis is thus : keeping an item behind the buffer tube insures that the device is for cheek weld or forearm use (eg SIG SB15).

      Please let me know what you think.

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